The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) says it may not grant further request by Federal Government for a meeting on the solution to the current strike by its members.Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi(ASUU National President) said this in Lagos on Sunday, in a news conference on the update of the union’s effort to save the country’s public universities from the danger of deterioration.
News men reported that ASUU members went on an indefinite strike on November 4,this year. Among other issues,the members of the union were agitating for the implementation of agreements between them and the Federal Government in 2009 and 2017, in addition to funding and improved welfare for members.
He said the union’s series of meetings with the federal government to ensure that the agreements were implemented were abortive and it was against this backdrop that union resumed strike on Nov. 4.
The ASUU president also made it known that six meetings have been had with representatives of the Federal Government, with no actual commitment of the government in resolving the issues we presented. He said that government seems to have adopted ‘keep them talking’ strategy while deceiving the public that partial agreements had been reached between ASUU and government.
The ASUU national president said that government has been falsely raising the hopes of the public on the state of discussion with our union and that they(ASUU) may not be available for any further conversation with them(FG) until they see signs of commitment and sincerity in addressing the issues before them. “Unfortunately, FG is not ready to address these problems.“We have cogent reasons to believe that the continuation of Dr Wale Babalakin as the head of the renegotiation with us will not yield good result,” he said.
He said that development will be lost and we shall end up with slavery again,if we lose education with the way people are now privatising everything ,including education,in the country”.He said that if we are not careful,universities may also encounter the same problem with our primary and secondary schools as a result of privatisation.
Ogunyemi also said that their reason for embarking on the prolonged strike is because they want eradication of social vices through sound education as this is the only means by which Nigeria can get things right.
Professor Ogunyemi also stated clearly that the ongoing ASUU strike has nothing to do with politics or election as being rumored in the country.He implored the government to do the right thing as they will not like to cause problem for the country.
He, however, appreciated the sacrifice of the Nigerian students,their parents and other people of goodwill since the commencement of the strike.He assured that this sacrifice would not be taken for granted.